Faculty as Institutional Citizens: An Invisible but Essential Aspect of Vital Sustainability

In their study entitled The Impact of New Public Management on Academic Citizenship: A Case Study of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sharareh Ani and Lina Persson state that “[a]cademic citizenship is a relatively new theory that has not yet been studied..... read more

The Relevance of Systems in the Administration of Theological Schools

Schools need systems to function, but not all institutions have had an opportunity to develop them in ways that serve the mission of the school The following summarizes three primary systems required for effective administration as well as links and suggestions for free or low cost, readily..... read more

Buddhist Preaching in Contemporary Theravada Sri Lanka: Lessons for the Church

Introduction In Sri Lanka, Buddhist preaching fills the air throughout the day in preaching halls, public ceremonies, on TV, and even over the radios in taxi cabs For two thousand years, preaching has shaped not only the devotees of Buddhism but also the culture of Sri Lanka The following will..... read more

Serving the Seminary Community in a Country in Conflict: Five Lessons Learned at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia

Student communities are miniature representations of the society and history of a country As such, Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) embodies traits such as joy, friendship, and a certain “magical realism” found in Latin America The seminary’s theology curriculum comes from both the..... read more

Faculty Development in Service to the Mission of the School

For greatest impact, each theological school must discern and articulate its unique mission within the broader purpose of theological education in service to the Church and the Kingdom of God This mission then guides the strategy of the school, for which the faculty is perhaps the most essential..... read more

Becoming More Truly Christ’s Followers and More Truly South Asian

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are” Jose Ortega y Gasset A welter of challenges faces the church in South Asia Some are daunting, but each is an opportunity the Christian community can engage and use The key challenge concerns identity Over the last..... read more

Why Contextual Theology Matters for the Church

Biblical Basis of Contextual Theology He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him He..... read more

InResponse: Vision and Leadership: Vital to Sustaining the Faith in Sub-Saharan Africa

In his article, “Sustaining What Matters,” Jason Ferenczi presents a multifaceted understanding of the sustainability of theological institutions Theological schools play a critical role in ensuring the future of Christianity, particularly in my own context of Africa As President of the..... read more

Theological Education in Africa: Business or Mission?

Abstract: Financial viability remains one of the greatest challenges facing schools of theology To succeed, schools in Africa need to better understand the business of theological education in order to better accomplish their mission To do so, schools must better understand the true costs of..... read more

Sustaining What Matters in Theological Education

Abstract: A multifaceted understanding of sustainability is critical as Majority World theological schools face significant changes and pressures Institutional sustainability entails three essential components: a viable business plan, the ability to adapt meaningfully to evolving contexts, and the..... read more